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  • Port of Crime

    WTVJ "investigated the main source for drug smuggling in South Florida - the Port of Miami and Port Everglades. We discovered most of the smuggling is a result of internal conspiracies by the very people who work at the ports. Our investigation revealed that one in five International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) members at the Port of Miami are convicted felons in Florida. A former dock worker and DEA informant told us how easy it was to smuggle drugs because of lax security. We tested security at the Port of Miami and were able to drive around in the restricted area without anyone stopping us."
  • Rescue Me

    Kitfield writes about the many responsibilities of the Coast Guard and how, oftentimes, they must rescue Cuban and Haitian immigrants from sea and direct them back to their homeland. This story also investigates drug smuggling into the United States.
  • Color Blind?

    "Dateline (NBC) took a local issue and made it into a national investigation: Dozens of Chicago women -- all African American -- had accused the U.S. Customs Service of singling them out for strip-searches. But was it true?.... Dateline proved that -- even in this day and age -- black women were, indeed, singled out for strip-searches at a rate many times greater than any other race or gender. What's more: Black women were the least likely group to be found with drugs."
  • The Gambler

    Reporters caught an elementary school superintendent stealing from one of the poorest school districts in Arizona. His actions were devastating to the community and the students that put their faith in him. Reporters discovered he took cash advances on the school district credit card and gambled at casinos. He also connected the school's utilities to the trailer he lived in behind the school along with a satellite dish. He was accused of sexual harassment by an employee where he once was a principal. And the school district hired him knowing he spent almost two years in a federal prison for drug smuggling.
  • DoubleCross

    PrimeTime Live reveals how the U.S. Customs Service turned a marijuana smuggler into a cocaine kingpin and turned a blind eye while he poured billions of dollars of cocaine into America. "Letting dope walk" is routinely accepted as the cost of doing business with criminal informants.
  • Clinton Crazy

    The 'Clinton crazies' accuse the president of drug smuggling, covering up the murders of some, and ordering the murders of others. They build web sites, make videos, and blanket talk radio. Philip Weiss takes a look at the conspiracies.
  • The Cop, the Gangster and the Beauty Queen DRUG SMUGGLING

    A car crash last November revealed unsavory ties between the Turkish government, the country's neofascist right and the CIA. In These Times investigates how Grey Wolves, a neo-fascist terrorist group that has stalked Turkey since the late' 60s, helped smuggle heroin from Turkey to North America. The CIA tolerated Turkish drug and weapons trading in the hopes of encouraging pan-Turkish militants to incite anti-Soviet passions among Muslim Turkic minorities in the U.S.S.R. (April 28, 1997)
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    The Dallas Observer chronicles the story of Bo Abbott, who says he's seen how the Central Intelligence Agency and the Israeli Mossad control the world's cocaine trade and skim off millions in "black" slush funds to finance covert political operations and the occasional assassination. A convicted former DEA informant, Abbott says that he was part of the federal government's conspiracy. The Observer reveals some truth to Abbott's claims but also shows Abbott's paranoia and obsession with conspiracy. (March 2 - 8, 1995)
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    The series portrayed how the Cali cocaine cartel operates in the United States, especially in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and described the unusual role of a Washington, D.C. law firm in the cartel's affairs. An accompanying graphic summarized cartel-related prosecutions over a 15 - year period and underscored the failure of major federal cases to stop the cartel's growth. (March 26, 27 and 28, 1995)
  • Carrillos Crossing

    Texas Monthly examines how federal drug agents know that Amado Carrillo Fuentes is behind a massive drug smuggling operation across the border at El Paso, but what they don't know is how to stop him. (December 1995)